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Wishek Livestock Holds TRNP Horse Auction

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Bidders are chomping at the bit to buy the best wild horses from the Badlands.

After a horse roundup in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park...

Wishek Livestock holds its first horse auction of this magnitude.

The auction for more than 100 feral horses from the national park-- began at 11am today in Wishek and lasted four hours.

The highest bid of the day was two thousand eight hundred dollars.

Clyde Meidinger, coordinator of the horse sale says all of the horses were sold and went to good homes.

Although many people show up simply to watch the event--

We asked what some of the spectators and bidders want from a horse they take home.

"I'd like to be able to ride, but I'm also a psychologist and I do equine-assisted therapy and so I want to be able to have him be a part of that."

"I figure being out in the Badlands they're going to be pretty sure-footed and we do all of our cattle work on horseback."

"For the last three years, seasonally from the end of March to August I've tracked most of the horses from, once a week I would find all of them."

"I've got three grandsons that are in the horse business. I'm just hanging around to see what's going to happen here today."

Meidinger says everything went smoothly at the auction.

Around 100 horses were sold at the auction--and around 100 wild horses are still in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

The last horse roundup and auction they had was in 2009.

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